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Certified Prime Beef Now Served At Fresh To Order »

August 03, 2015 at 11:28AM PDT | Source: Fresh To Order

Fast-fine concept now offers only USDA-Certified Prime steak in its sandwiches, salads and entrees.
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA - ‘Fast-fine’ dining originator, Fresh To Order, is elevating the fast-casual category - again - with the introduction of USDA-Certified Prime beef to its menu. Grilled prime steak now features prominently in several dishes, including the Grilled Steak Panini and several entrees such as the Grilled Steak Long Plates. Guests can also top any one of Fresh To Order’s nine freshly made salad choices with it.
“We strive to offer the best, freshest food we can,” says Chef Jesse Gideon, Fresh To Order Corporate Chef and COO. “We are a premium brand, and USDA-Prime fits in with that...

Tikiz Recapitalizes To Support National Expansion »

August 03, 2015 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: Tikiz Franchising, LLC

Mobile shaved ice & ice cream franchise adds leading business development investors.
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // BOCA RATON, Fla. – Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream, a mobile franchise specializing in unique frozen treats, has announced a recent recapitalization that will facilitate the company’s national expansion plan. The capital is being invested by a south Florida-based investment group comprised of seasoned business development experts responsible for building multiple industry-leading brands.
“The Tikiz concept is truly one-of-a-kind and we’re excited to help the brand expand nationally and achieve new milestones,” said Scott Mortier, a member of the investment group. “When we were first introduced to Tikiz, we saw an amazing model with great potential, and knew that with the right team in place, the company could blossom into a nationally recognized franchise...

Juice It Up! Celebrates 20 Years With Free Smoothies On August 4 »

August 03, 2015 at 10:49AM PDT | Source: Juice It Up!

Company Commemorates Milestone with Guest Freebies at All Locations
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // IRVINE, California – Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie franchises, is celebrating 20 refreshing years by offering guests a free smoothie at the chain’s more than 80 units nationwide. On Tuesday, August 4, between 9 and 11 a.m., head to Juice It Up! to receive a complimentary small Strawberry Wave™ or the new California Cooler™ smoothie, with no purchase necessary.

The Strawberry Wave is a refreshing blend of Strawberry juice, non-fat yogurt, banana, and strawberries
The California Cooler is an invigorating blend of fresh cucumber, pineapple juice, lemonade, lime sherbet and pineapple

“We’ve been fueling the active lifestyles of our guests for 20 years and we wanted to show our appreciation for their support by doing something special for them,” said Frank Easterbrook, president & CEO of Juice It Up! “We pride ourselves on staying ahead of trends and provide each of our guests with delicious, customizable products that satisfy individual tastes along with their specific nutritional wants and needs...

Dental Fix Awards Its 1st Franchise In The State Of Idaho »

August 03, 2015 at 10:45AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix

Davie, Fla. – July 31st, 2015 – Dental Fix RX, a national mobile dental equipment repair company, has officially signed Greg Grant, a Boise, Idaho based entrepreneur, as its 214th franchise owner. The agreement marks the first mobile repair van to launch in the State of Idaho, and is Dental Fix’s 39th franchise sale of 2015.
“2015 has been a record breaking year for us so far, and with each new franchise sale, we are getting closer to our goal of making Dental Fix the top-of-mind mobile dental equipment repair company across North America,” said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix RX. “This new signing is an indication that our model is built for success and that our growth is poised to continue at a rapid pace...

PizzaRev Signs Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement For Expansion In Reno, NV »

August 03, 2015 at 10:41AM PDT | Source: PizzaRev

August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles – PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza concept backed by Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today the addition of a new franchise group to develop the brand in greater Reno, NV. Franchise owner Jill Lillaney signed a multi-unit agreement to bring PizzaRev to Reno, Carson City, and Sparks, NV. Lillaney currently owns and operates 23 Burger King restaurants throughout Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV.
“We’re proud to partner with Jill and her team to bring an entirely unique pizza experience to the Reno market,” said Rodney Eckerman, co-founder and CEO of PizzaRev. “She is an accomplished multi-unit restaurant operator and her experience in the industry is a tremendous asset to our franchise system...

Tubby's Grilled Submarines Acquires Just Baked Cupcakes »

August 03, 2015 at 9:26AM PDT | Source: Tubby's Sub Shops, Inc.

Acquisition will broaden Tubby's offerings and customer appeal.
DETROIT - Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Less than a year after taking full control of Roseville-based Tubby's Submarines, CEO Robert Paganes and Executive Vice President Bill Kiryakoza announced today that they're expanding the popular restaurant chain to incorporate the "Just Baked" line of cupcakes and desserts into the Tubby's franchise. Tubby's purchased the Just Baked trademark, product recipes and distribution rights and will begin supplying cupcakes to Tubby's locations in the next few months.
"This is a great opportunity for us to begin to broaden Tubby's offerings and our overall appeal. That's something we've wanted to do, the time was right for us to do it, and the well-known Just Baked name was available," said Paganes...

Sky Zone Announces New Location In Brighton »

August 03, 2015 at 9:16AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // BRIGHTON, Mich. - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces its fourth Detroit-Area location in Brighton with plans to open their doors in September 2015. For a WoW experience, the brand new 24,000 square foot facility will include 40 Open Jump Courts, 3 Ultimate Dodgeball Courts, a 3 lane SkySlam court and the 10,000 cube Foam Zone.
“It is with great pleasure that I will be bringing Sky Zone to my hometown of Brighton,” said franchisee, Colleen Fitzgerald. “With the growing success of Sky Zone, the opening of our fourth location is sure to attract even more kids and adults alike and we can’t wait to show Livingston County residents how to have fun and stay active...

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Unveils Plans For Luxury Hotel In Shenzhen, China »

August 03, 2015 at 9:01AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // SHENZHEN, China and MCLEAN, Va. – Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) luxury hotel portfolio for the new smart luxury traveler, today announced the signing of a management agreement with Horoy Real Estate for the 300-room Conrad Shenzhen, scheduled to open in December 2019. Located in the center of Shenzhen's rapidly developing Qianhai CBD, the luxury hotel is well positioned to offer global travelers an inspired travel experience when they visit this gateway city.
"Often referred to as China's Silicon Valley, Shenzhen is a global epicenter for high-tech design and production, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of electronics. The city is also one of the key financial centers in China," said Francis Lee, senior vice president of development, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton Worldwide...

Two Fresh & Healthy Decades: Pita Pit Turns 20 »

August 03, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Pita Pit

U.S. Team Joins Global Pita Pit Family for Conference to Celebrate Brand’s 20th Anniversary
COEUR D’ALENE, ID (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - When he opened the very first Pita Pit in Kingston, Ont., Nelson Lang could never have imagined the rapid growth his concept for a fresh, customizable, and healthy meal would enjoy in the two decades to come. On July 20, 2015 the brand celebrated its 20th anniversary with an international conference in Kingston, welcoming nearly 500 franchisees, suppliers and team members from the Pita Pit system across the globe; including the executive team from the U.S. where the brand has grown to nearly 250 locations since crossing the border in 1999.
The growing Pita Pit family spent three spirited days exploring new ways to collaborate and create even more rewarding customer experiences...

Showhomes Reaches New Heights As Franchise Experiences Strongest Results In Company History »

August 03, 2015 at 8:47AM PDT | Source: Showhomes

Thriving Brand Posts 29 Percent Increase in Total Revenue Year-to-Date, Celebrates Biggest Month in June
NASHVILLE (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - Showhomes, the almost 30-year-old leader in home staging, enters Q3 with confidence after achieving an all-time high in total revenue for the first half of 2015. The franchise reported a 29 percent year-over-year increase in overall revenue.
The brand experienced outstanding results at the onset of Q2 with a 26 percent year-on-year increase in total revenues in April, which established a momentum of growth that carried into May, where the company reported a 24 percent increase in total revenues. Showhomes wrapped up the quarter by celebrating its strongest month in company history in June with a 41 percent increase...

A Dozen Another Broken Eggs Scramble Into San Diego »

August 03, 2015 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Another Broken Egg Cafe

Awarding Winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch Cafe Targets California for Egg-spansion with 12 Store Deal
SAN DIEGO - August 03, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Another Broken Egg Cafe, America’s fastest growing breakfast restaurant celebrated for its charming atmosphere and diversified menu options, today announces the signing of a landmark franchise agreement to open a dozen restaurants throughout the San Diego area over the next five years. The new restaurants will be open under the leadership of David Lee, a veteran of both the restaurant industry and the United States Army.
Lee is no stranger to finding success with a growing food brand. After running a multi-million dollar tech company as the number one computer distributor in the Midwest, Lee first retired at the age of 42, but reentered the workforce 1987 to franchise with Subway...

Chick-fil-A Packs Protein Into Updated Greek Yogurt Parfait »

August 03, 2015 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Chick-fil-A

One-of-its-kind farm-to-table yogurt adds taste and nutrition for customers.
ATLANTA - Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Chick-fil-A® is making one of its healthiest menu items even more nutritious. Today, the company introduces a new Greek Yogurt Parfait at its 1,900-plus restaurants nationwide. The parfait has half the sugar and twice the protein – seven grams in each serving – of the previous yogurt parfait per ounce and is made from all-natural ingredients with no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. The 110 calorie-per-serving Greek Yogurt Parfait is served with fresh strawberries and blueberries and can be topped with a choice of Chick-fil-A Harvest Nut Granola or chocolate cookie crumbles – for those wanting to add a touch of indulgence...

Caribou Coffee Expands Beverage & Breakfast Offerings Just In Time For Fall »

August 03, 2015 at 8:19AM PDT | Source: Caribou Coffee

Almond Milk and New Ham & Swiss English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich Added to Menu
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - (Marketwired - Aug 3, 2015) - Whether you're embarking on an apple picking outing or spending the day raking leaves, Caribou Coffee is helping families fuel their adventures this fall with two new offerings. Beginning today, Caribou Coffee is permanently introducing almond milk to its menus and unveiling a new Ham & Swiss English Muffin, which will be available for a limited time at stores nationwide.
Caribou Coffee's addition of almond milk to menus nationwide provides guests a new dairy-free option to compliment their favorite drinks. For an additional $0.80, almond milk can be substituted for milk in any hot or cold beverage...

Baskin-Robbins Is Giving Malt A Modern Twist With Its August Flavor Of The Month, Oreo® Malt Madness »

August 03, 2015 at 8:12AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

On Monday, August 31st, guests can enjoy $1.31 Scoops as Part of Baskin-Robbins’ “Celebrate 31” Promotion
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is keeping guests cool this summer with its August Flavor of the Month, OREO® Malt Madness. This new flavor is a delicious combination of traditional chocolate malt-flavored ice cream, loaded with OREO® cookie pieces and a chocolate sea salt cookie flavored ribbon. OREO® Malt Madness can be enjoyed in a cup, cone or as a milkshake. To make things even sweeter this month, guests can upgrade any double scoop purchase with a freshly-baked waffle cone for no extra charge...

Slim Chickens Continues Growing In Oklahoma, Brings Better Chicken To Warr Acres In Oklahoma City »

August 03, 2015 at 8:05AM PDT | Source: Slim Chickens

Due to Growing Demand, Fast-Casual Franchise Brand Opens Sixth Location in The Sooner State
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (PRWEB) August 03, 2015 - Slim Chickens, a leader in the “better chicken” segment of fast casual restaurants, will be expanding its fresh chicken and unrivaled flavor to Warr Acres, Okla. The corporate-owned restaurant is located at 5841 NW Expressway and will open on August 3rd, 2015.
“We’ve seen strong performance in all our Oklahoma Slim Chickens locations, and we aim to continue bringing better chicken to areas that are hungry for more,” said Sam Rothschild, COO of Slim Chickens. “Oklahoma has always been a key growth market, and with our ongoing expansion we’re establishing ourselves as a leading player in the Sooner State’s dining scene...

Anago Cleaning Systems Unveils New Franchise Development Website And Offers 6 Months Of No Royalty Payments »

August 03, 2015 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Anago Cleaning Systems
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Industry-Leading Commercial Cleaning Franchise Heats Up Franchisee Recruitment Efforts
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Anago Cleaning Systems (Anago), a leading commercial cleaning franchise with 37 Master Franchise locations throughout the U.S. and internationally, recently unveiled a new franchise development website that will serve as a clearinghouse for information, materials, and testimonials on the unique opportunities offered through the purchase of an Anago Master Franchise.
“We’re extremely excited to engage with franchise candidates through our newly designed website,” said Anago’s President Adam Povlitz. “The site was built from the ground up to provide Franchisees with all the information they need to make an informed decision, including the history of our company, why our franchise system is so effective, and why the commercial cleaning segment is poised for huge growth moving forward...

Good Times To Announce Third Quarter Results On August 12, 2015 »

August 03, 2015 at 7:16AM PDT | Source: Good Times

DENVER - August 3, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Good Times Restaurants Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIM), operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high quality, all natural products and Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a full service, upscale concept today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2015 fiscal year financial results on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Mountain/11:00 a.m. Eastern. Hosting the call will be Boyd Hoback, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Zielke, Chief Financial Officer and Susan Knutson, Controller. A press release with financial results will be issued prior to the call.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (866) 209-0088...

Wyndham Hotel Group Advances Growth In South Korea With 12 Hotel Signings »

August 03, 2015 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Company Is Positioned for More Than 200% Growth in the Country Over the Next Three Years; Howard Johnson Brand to Debut in South Korea With Three Hotels
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - (Marketwired - August 03, 2015) - Wyndham Hotel Group is set to expand its presence in South Korea by more than 200 percent over the next three years thanks to the signings of 12 new property franchise agreements so far in 2015, including agreements for three Howard Johnson® hotels, marking the brand's entry into South Korea.
This year's signings build upon another 14 franchise agreements in South Korea executed by Wyndham Hotel Group in 2014, bringing the company's pipeline in the country to more than 7,550 rooms within 26 new-construction hotels under the Ramada®, Days Inn® and Howard Johnson brand flags...

Sky Zone Charlotte Hosts “3 For 30” Event To Bring School Supplies To Children In Need »

August 03, 2015 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone

World’s First Trampoline Park Partners With Classroom Central To Prepare Children For The Fall
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sky Zone Charlotte is teaming up with Classroom Central to provide essential school supplies to underprivileged children. With a large majority of the region’s students currently living in poverty, Classroom Central is dedicated to supporting over 100,000 students in 200 schools by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Sky Zone Charlotte is proud to help provide these children with the right tools and equipment they need to be successful in the classroom.
With the start of classes fast approaching, Sky Zone Charlotte is doing their part by giving back to the youth in the community...

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Choc Lobster Makes Retail Debut In World Of Beer Taverns »

August 03, 2015 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: World of Beer

#WOBTRIP Program Wraps With Premier Tapping of Award-Winning Beer in August
August 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // Tampa, Fla., and Milton, Del. - World of Beer is thrilled to wrap up its summer #WOBTRIP program by featuring a premiere brew from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Choc Lobster. Available for the first time ever at retail outside of its own brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, this beer is hard to find in bottles, and even harder to find on draught. WOB makes it easy for guests to experience this revered beer this August by featuring it on draught in taverns.
World of Beer taverns will receive a limited quantity of Choc Lobster, with a majority of taverns tapping the beer on August 7th. Guests are encouraged to check their local tavern location for tapping dates and availability...



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